2012-04-07

No more store-bought deodorant

I ran out of deodorant the other day and I"m not buying any more.

Partly motivated by our zero waste thing, and also partly because I'm tired of spraying aluminum on my armpits, we've decided we'll just make our own deodorant from now on. Jess still has a little left of her current stick, but she'll be joining me soon. Oh, and it's virtually free.

One of the other motivations for me is the realization that it's probably not that good to be using an antiperspirant in the first place. If sweating is a normal bodily function, why would I want to stop it up? It's the odor I don't want, after all. And the odor isn't caused by the sweat, anyway.

So how do we make it? It's simple: just a 1:1 mixture (by volume) of baking soda and cornstarch. We found a little stainless steel lidded cup at Whole Foods to keep it in. Every morning, I just put a little under each arm and go about my business.

How do I put it on?

Good question.


We found the brush at Target. We couldn't find any that didn't come wrapped in plastic, but this one is at least made from recycled aluminum. It says the bristles are "cruelty-free", so I like to imagine they poured the boar a drink before they shaved it.

You just dip the tip in the powder and that gives you enough for one arm. I'd lean over the sink to apply it if I were you, so as to avoid giving the entire room a nice baking soda dusting.

How well does it work? Pretty great, so far. It's only been a week, and I haven't done a whole lot of physical activity, but my underarms don't really smell. So says Jess, anyway. We'll see how well it does after I go for a run on Thursday.